St. George’s University Mourns Loss of Co-Founder Louis J. Modica

Louis Modica with SGU founders

It is with deep sadness that St. George’s University announces the passing of one of its founders, Louis J. Modica. Mr. Modica is the father of Chancellor Charles R. Modica, and a founding member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Modica was 92.

Mr. Modica shared his son’s vision of establishing an independent school of medicine in Grenada, and on July 23, 1976, they along with Patrick F. Adams and Edward McGowan formed the University’s first Board of Trustees. Their active involvement in the ensuing years assured its growth into an innovative and international center of higher education.

Louis ModicaMr. Modica’s guidance and support resulted in the principles that shape the University to this day, including its deep commitment to its host nation. For their contributions to St. George’s University, a newly constructed three-floor study hall on the True Blue campus was named Louis and Marion Modica Hall in their honor

Mr. Modica dedicated his life to developing real estate on Long Island, NY, most notably on its south shore, where he and his family lived since the 1950s. He was highly active in the Bay Shore community.

Mr. Modica is survived by his wife, Marion; children Charles, John, and Lorraine; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation hours will be held at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, East Islip, NY, on Sunday, March 10 from 2-4:30 pm and 7-9:30 pm. A funeral mass will take place on Monday, April 11, at 10 am at St. Patrick Parish, 9 North Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fund for the Orphans & Elderly in Grenada. Donations may be sent to University Support Services, C/O Jackie Alaimo, 3500 Sunrise Highway, Building 300, Great River, NY 11739.

Published on 4/6/16